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Enter now to join The Launch Pad’s tradition of industry access and writer success, including projects sold to Netflix, Paramount, Sony and more.

Plus, seven bidding wars!

Opening on Apr 1st, 2021
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Industry Trusted

Ridley Scott

RAISED BY WOLVES | THE MARTIAN | GLADIATOR

“Writers are an integral part of my team and without them I would not be able to do my job, so to be able to work with Launch Pad and provide a new and innovative way for them to get their work out in the world is truly exciting.”

Brooklyn Weaver

Manager & Producer, Energy Entertainment

“The numbers speak for themselves. Beyond the massive amount of writers who have landed reps from Launch Pad, no other has led to more sales and bidding wars in existence. And beyond that, the success isn’t just here, but these scripts have landed on every major end of year list. This place starts careers!”

Next Season's Dates

Deadline

Apr 30, 2021
Early
May 28, 2021
Regular
Jun 25, 2021
Late
Jul 23, 2021
Final

Announcements

Nov 5, 2021
Top 50
Dec 8, 2021
Winner

Launching Careers

The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other screenwriting competition. With nearly a decade of experience in promoting up-and-coming writers, The Launch Pad Competition has firmly established itself as the premier hub for Hollywood to discover fresh voices and new ideas.  We advocate for all of our Top 100 finalists, working with them to share their work with the right industry members to advance their career. 

Our prestigious juries of industry members include managers, agents, producers and executives at companies across Hollywood. We also offer exclusive partnerships with management and production companies to give writers an extra leg up. 

Through these partnerships, as well as our exclusive mentorship opportunities, we seek to provide as many avenues towards success as possible.  No competition will do more to help all of their finalists take the next steps in their careers, and no competition has had as much success in helping writers break into the industry. Enter now for a chance to join this tradition of Launch Pad success.

Meet Last Year's Jury

Adam Kolbrenner

Lit Entertainment Group | Manager

Adrian Askarieh

Prime Universe Films | Producer / Executive

Adrian Garcia

Recon Literary | Manager

Andrea Dimity

Pannon Entertainment | Manager

Andrew Childs

Vertigo Entertainment | Producer / Executive

Brooklyn Weaver

Energy Entertainment | Manager

Charlie Ferraro

UTA | Agent

Dash Aiken

Romark Entertainment | Romark Entertainment | Manager

David Boxerbaum

Verve | Agent and Partner

Derrick Eppich

Empirical Evidence | Manager

Jake Wagner

Alibi Entertainment | Manager

Jason Tamasco

Bad Idea Films | Co-Founder and CEO

Jeff Portnoy

Bellevue Productions | Manager

Jon Huddle

Fourth Wall Management | Manager

Michael Chung

Verve | Agent

Nicole Poritzky

Mandeville Films | Producer / Executive

Rachel Reznick

Weed Road Pictures | Producer / Executive

Rebecca Feuer

Scott Free | Producer / Executive

Rock Shaink

Romark Entertainment | Manager

Scott Stoops

Good Fear Content | Manager

Thomas Carter

Artillery Creative | Manager

Varun Monga

Kaplan Stahler Agency | Agent

Prizes with Results

Grand Prize | Top 3 Winners

Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

  • Invited to our exclusive, annual Launch Pad party where you will meet top agents, managers, executives, producers, and some of our current and previous judges.

 

Top 10

Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

  • Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our esteemed Judges.
  • One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.

 

Top 50

Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

  • One year free membership to the Tracking Board.

 

Top 100

  • Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry network through newsletters, website posts, promotional books and more. 
  • Inclusion in the Launch Pad Alum community of writers who network and help each other drive forward in their careers.

Let's Talk Guarantees

Guaranteed Option Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our option partner TBD to receive an option offer for their Launch Pad project.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Option” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

 

Guaranteed Signing Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner(s).
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

 

Mentorship Program Selections

  • A Minimum of 3 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our 2021 Launch Pad Feature Mentorship Program.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

Successes from a few Top 100's

Dennis Culett

JUST. ONE. KISS. not only landed him representation with Verve and Romark Entertainment, but set the town on fire, eventually selling to Netflix in a bidding war.⁠

Surj Das

Surj’s Launch Pad Top Comedy script THE CONFECTION CONNECTION caught the eye of actor Ed Helms and his production company Pacific Electric Company, who are on board to produce. He followed that up by landing on the 2018 Young & Hungry List and Hit List, and is now currently in development on multiple studio projects, including an untitled project for Sony Pictures.⁠

John Wikstrom

A three-time Launch Pad Finalist, John’s latest project AMA: ASK ME ANYTHING made the Black List and now has Zelda Williams attached to direct with Assemble Media’s Jack Heller producing. ⁠ ⁠ He was also recently hired to write DOSE for AGBO producers Joe & Anthony Russo. ⁠

Chris Dennis

The only writer with multiple projects in the 2019 Feature Top 100, Chris Dennis signed with Romark Entertainment and Verve off the strength of his projects MAELSTROM and THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER.

Feature Mentorship Program

Requires Add-On in Checkout

The best way to learn is by working with experienced writers who have already navigated that path to success. That is exactly what the Launch Pad exclusive mentorship opportunity is set up to do.

Barbara Stepansky

Barbara Stepansky is a WGA Award winner, a Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent film director. Her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award, the Student Emmy and was featured on the Black List. She is the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship and the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award. FLINT, a film she wrote about the Flint Water Crisis for Sony/Lifetime with Queen Latifah, was nominated for a Critics Choice and won a WGA Award. She currently writes on the Starz TV Show OUTLANDER.

Colin Bannon

The only writer to appear twice on Tracking Board’s 2019 Hit List, Colin has also featured on the Young & Hungry and Black Lists. He set up HOLDOUT at Netflix with producer Ridley Scott, VIGILANCE at Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm, and his 2019 spec FIRST ASCENT sold to Netflix in a bidding war for Ridley Scott to produce and Jake Scott to direct.

Lamar Woods

Lamar Woods is a comedic writer/performer hailing from Atlanta, Ga. Lamar made a name for himself writing for his youtube channel, Northside Comedy, accumulating over 1.4 million views online. Lamar has also been hired to write and produce online videos for content creators such as Funny or Die, Comedy Central, and All Def Digital. You also can see Lamar performing with his all black, all male, improv/sketch team called White Women. Lamar has been staffed on such shows as Starz’ SURVIVOR’S REMORSE as well as Fox’s NEW GIRL and ABC’s SINGLE PARENTS. He also co-wrote and starred in the indie comedy IT’S A PARTY, starring Ego Nowdim and Tone Bell.

Leon Chills

Recently named to both the Hit List and Young & Hungry List for 2019, Leon’s action script SHADOW FORCE sold to Lionsgate with Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown attached to star and produce. He was staffed on the upcoming Netflix drama series SPINNING OUT from Safehouse Pictures. Previously, he’d set up projects with No Label Productions and Great Lake Pictures, took the top spot in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Contest, and participated in the CBS Entertainment Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.

Guaranteed Option

This year’s Guaranteed Option partner is Romark Entertainment, who have set up multiple Launch Pad scripts around town, including MARIAN at Sony and Pascal Pictures and JUST. ONE. KISS. at Netflix. They have signed dozens of Launch Pad writers across the Feature, Pilot and Manuscript Competitions and is currently developing the Launch Pad projects KILL CREEK with Scott Derrickson at Showtime, and MR. & MRS. AMERICAN PIE with Laura Dern at Platform One.

Guaranteed Signing

This year’s Guaranteed Signing Partner as Adrian Garcia of Recon Literary. A former talent agent at Paradigm, Adrian Garcia went on to found his management company Recon Literary. Garcia has frequently had writers appear on the Hit List, Black List and/or Young & Hungry List, and has a proven track record of signing Launch Pad writers, including Eric Koenig who sold his Launch Pad winning script MATRIARCH to Paramount in a bidding war.

The guaranteed option, guaranteed signing, and four mentor partner(s) will each select a minimum of 1 project each from this year’s competition to win their prize. To be eligible, entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Option”, “Guaranteed Signing”, and/or “Mentorship” add-on at the time of entry.

If you select any add-ons at the time of entry, regardless of where you place in the competition, you will still be in the running for those add-on features.

Selection Criteria

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) The originality and commerciality of the premise; (ii) The effectiveness of the plot and structure in serving that premise; (iii) The professional quality and creative use of the writing, formatting and presentation; (iv) The use of dialogue to advance the character, story and entertainment value of the project; (v) The originality, believability and emotional investment in the characters and their impact on the overarching story and themes.

Initial reads will be completed by professional industry readers, after which the top scored scripts will be named to a Second Round. At this point,  our internal team of readers will read all remaining submissions to allow for extensive internal discussions over the relative merits and weaknesses of each project. Through internal conferences, we narrow down a list of 100 finalists. At this point, writers may be asked to submit supplemental information (a brief bio, a bible for their tv pilot, etc.) to assist in the decision making process. 

Further rounds of internal reading and discussion, as well as consultations with our signing and option partners, narrows the finalists down to 10, at which point our panel of industry judges read each script and determine our winners. 

Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of Launch Pad. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

Rules

  1. All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  2. All feature scripts must be under 120 pages (any script with more than 120 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page) 
  3. Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
  4. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like. 
  5. Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).
  6. All scripts must be the sole property of the writer(s).
  7. Features with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  8. The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 100 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.
  9. The Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.
  10. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  11. All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judges panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  12. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  13. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed option and guaranteed signing add ons
  14. General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  15. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  16. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  17. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  18. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writer’s name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
  19. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  20. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  21. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  22. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.

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